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use the net working spaces at facebook, twitter and google plus. and not just to share cute cat photos. it's a lucrative field. by this time from, mark will officially be a ga zillion air. the premise of today's symposium is that these services are not as well known have had a major impact on the collection, distlation and distribution of news and information. the project in its annual state of the news media this year said that social media are important but not overwhelming driver of news at least not yet. let me quote from their report. no more than 10% of digital news consumers follow news recommendations from facebook or twitter very often. and almost all of those are still using other ways like going directly to the news web site as well. but there are many other indications that social media are radically altering the news landscape. word of the shooting of the representative giffords and the killing of osama bin laden and the death of donna so maniers today spreads virally. that's significant. reporters now use social media to find people and sources in breaking news situations
uses twitter to cover the middle east. this is one and a half hours. >> my name is jim basinger. journalism fellowship at stanford. today's symposium, how social news. the lecture series is sponsored by the department of communications at stanford. it began in 1964, and it honors an independent editor and executive who was known for never giving in to entrenched viewpoints. he was a progressive sort, and i think he would enthusiastically endorse the subject of today's symposium. i know he would be impressed by the quality of participants. he is a distinguished scientist and the founder of google news, which he created in the aftermath of 9/11 to keep us abreast of new developments. google news aggregates news for more than 500,000 sources, has 70 additions, and is published in 30 languages. he was born in bangalore eventually got a ph.d. in human-computer interaction from georgia tech. am pleased to say he is on the board of visitors of the knight fellowships. andy carvin senior media strategist at npr. during the arab spring,a huge audience relied on his messages for news and i
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